Skoda chief designer Kaban creating next-gen models with ‘more heart’

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 17, 2011

Skoda’s chief designer Jozef Kaban wants its next-generation models to have “more heart.” We’ll know in the later part of the year if he succeeded in attaining this goal as its new look will be shown on the 'new small family' hatchback, the city car that was developed together with the VW Up. The new models will have styling that’s more emotional but will still be able to keep their individuality.

Kaban said that the current models are already very functional but he wants to see more heart involvement.

To get a good idea of how the models, we only have to look at the body surfacing, face and grille that were shown off at Geneva previewed on the Vision D concept.

Kaban said though that the Vision D won’t be identical to the new models but that the new grille and separate badge are the “way for the future." Kaban wants to make sure that the next models keep "their own character" similar to how the current range models such as the Fabia and Roomster have very different looks.

Kaban said that what he has aiming for is to make Skoda special. Skoda is working heavily on launching a set of new vehicles and that in 2012, a model will either be ramped or made new every 6 months.

A year after the city car is introduced, there will be a small saloon that’s based on the Fabia and is slotted between the supermini and Octavia.

The company refers to it as "small family saloon,” which will be launched in 2012 and is set to come out in the UK a year later.

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